Bariatric centre officially opened

GP Nick Lawson, surgeon Sean Woodcock and Alan Campbell MP at the opening. Picture by Gavin Duthie.
GP Nick Lawson, surgeon Sean Woodcock and Alan Campbell MP at the opening. Picture by Gavin Duthie.

A dedicated facility providing a central hub for patients receiving weight management care has been officially opened.

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell opened Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘North of Tyne Bariatric and Metabolic Unit’.

Our new centre is great news for our patients and it is invaluable for them to have a dedicated centre specifically designed for their needs.

Sean Woodcock, lead bariatric surgeon at the trust

The centre, based at Monkseaton Medical Centre, caters for the needs of patients undergoing care and treatment for weight problems, enabling patients undergoing weight management care to have their outpatient appointments and group seminars in the same place.

Nick Lawson, GP at Monkseaton Medical Centre, said: “We are delighted that this centre is based in our premises.

“As one of the largest GP practices in the borough, invariably many of our patients will use this service, however, this is about more than helping our own patients – it is about showing that different parts of the health service are working together in order to bring benefits for patients.”

Mr Campbell said: “It is fantastic that patients are able to have all their appointments in the same place at the same time in a purposely-designed environment.”

Sean Woodcock, lead bariatric surgeon at the trust, said: “Our new centre is great news for our patients and it is invaluable for them to have a dedicated centre specifically designed for their needs.”

“Over the years we have helped hundreds of patients make positive lifestyle changes to transform their lives and we are passionate about increasing awareness and understanding of the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle.

“All of the patients receiving weight management care with us have to put in a lot of hard work and dedication in the months before they are even considered for any surgical interventions.

“As a result they need to attend regularly for appointments with our specialists and the new centre makes such a difference by joining up and co-ordinating care and improving overall experience.

“We have extremely close links with our primary care colleagues and we are delighted that we have been able to base our centre in Monkseaton Medical Centre, demonstrating true integrated care for our patients.

“By working together we can continue to look after people with weight problems well and support them to make positive changes for the future – they will then be less likely to suffer long-term health problems over many years, this can only be a positive for the NHS.”